Apple Prepares HealthKit Rollout for Health Care Tracking
Apple Inc. is currently discussing how its HealthKit service will work with health providers at Mount Sinai, Cleveland Clinic, Johns Hopkins and Allscripts, according to Reuters.
The tech giant has held talks about the upcoming service, revealing its intent on making health data, such as blood pressure, pulse and weight, available for consumers and health providers to view in one place.
Expected to be incorporated into the iPhone 6 come September, Apple hopes physicians will use telemedicine data to better monitor patients between visits – with the patient’s consent – so doctors can make better diagnostic and treatment decisions.
Nike was originally tapped as one of Apple’s primary partners through the company’s Nike+ digital brand and the Mayo Clinic is reportedly testing a service to flag patients when results from apps and devices are abnormal, with follow-up information and treatment recommendations.
According to Reuters, dozens of major health systems that use the software will be able to integrate health and fitness data from HealthKit into MyChart, a personal health record designed by Epic. Kaiser Permanente is additionally piloting a number of mobile apps that leverage HealthKit and is expected to reach out to Apple.
“Apple is going into this space with data,” Forrester Research’s health care analysis Skip Snow told Reuters. “They want to be a hub of data.”
HealthKit relies on the ability of users to share data, and as such, may be subject to the requirements of HIPAA.
Jim Taschetta, chief marketing officer at iHealth Lab, noted that Apple has taken measures to ensure that consumers are aware of how data is being collected and stored and will let patients decide if they wish to share data from third-party apps with Apple’s main health app.
“It is consumer controlled and can be turned on or off at any time from the app that collects the data from the original source,” said Taschetta.
Rackspace surveys healthcare leaders' knowledge of tech
A new survey sponsored by Rackspace Technology has analysed how well healthcare leaders understand technology today, compared to five years ago.
Rackspace polled more than 1400 IT and non-IT decision makers in companies making over $300 million a year in six industries, one of which was healthcare.
The survey asked healthcare executives about the changing role of technology in their area, including the dangers of falling behind, their knowledge of the role of technology, and familiarity with what technology can do to the bottom-line.
The majority (90%) say their appreciation for application technology has grown over the past five years, and 88% now have a better understanding of technology than they did five years ago.
They were also asked about the ways technology helps drive corporate strategies. The survey found that:
* 62% say automation drives efficiencies
* 50% say they leverage innovative technologies like IoT and cloud native applications
* 48% say it allows greater employee collaboration
* 48% say it gives them real-time analysis/customer ‘pulse’
Among the technologies that benefit healthcare organisations the most financially i.e. generating revenue and reducing costs:
* 60% say AI/machine learning
* 61% say cybersecurity
* 56% say enterprise software
* 45% say e-commerce
* 44% say SaaS
* 41% say IoT
Almost half of the respondents (44%) say that if legacy applications aren’t modernised in the next two to three years, healthcare organisations may lose their ability to compete.
Other consequences of delaying modernising applications include:
* 56% say they wouldn’t be able to meet new regulations
* 46% say they wouldn’t be able to scale up IT to meet new demands
* 44% say customer service levels would be reduced
* 36% say they wouldn’t be able to integrate
* 33% say poor staff morale would result from inadequate systems
* 33% say there would be lost productivity
Jeff DeVerter, CTO at Rackspace Technology, commented on the research: “The results of our survey are further evidence that modernising applications through a user lens is not just a ‘nice to have’ from a customer satisfaction perspective, but also delivers a wealth of tangible, quantifiable benefits to organisations.
“Applications are a foundation of customer experience, and it is encouraging to see an increased focused and rising enthusiasm for customer experience improvements.”